Best Director Oscar Winners

About

Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the annual Academy Award for Best Directing is given in honor of a film director who exhibited outstanding directing in the film industry for the year prior.

Trivia

The very first Academy Awards split the award between "Dramatic" and "Comedy" categories. Damien Chazelle was the youngest to ever win the award and Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to have won.

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1929
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Frank Borzage, Lewis Milestone
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Winners

1
Clint Eastwood, 90
1992, 2004
2
Steven Spielberg, 74
1993, 1998
3
Mel Gibson, 65
1995
4
Woody Allen, 85
1977
5
James Cameron, 66
1997
6
Kevin Costner, 66
1990
7
Ron Howard, 67
2001
8
Ang Lee, 66
2005, 2012
9
Robert Redford, 84
1980
10
Martin Scorsese, 78
2006
11
Michael Cimino (1939-2016)
1978
12
Peter Jackson, 59
2003
13
Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)
1982
14
Guillermo del Toro, 56
2017
15
Roman Polanski, 87
2002
16
Warren Beatty, 83
1981
17
Bob Fosse (1927-1987)
1972
18
Francis Ford Coppola, 81
1974
19
Alfonso Cuarón, 59
2013, 2018
20
Sam Mendes, 55
1999
21
Bong Joon-ho, 51
2019
22
Oliver Stone, 74
1986, 1989
23
Damien Chazelle, 36
2016
24
Tom Hooper, 48
2010
25
Danny Boyle, 64
2008
26
Robert Zemeckis, 68
1994
27
James L. Brooks, 80
1983
28
Alejandro González Iñárritu, 57
2014, 2015
29
John Ford (1894-1973)
1935, 1940, 1941, 1952
30
Victor Fleming (1889-1949)
1939
31
George Roy Hill (1921-2002)
1973
32
Mike Nichols (1931-2014)
1967
33
Frank Capra (1897-1991)
1934, 1936, 1938
34
Ethan Coen, 63
2007
35
Kathryn Bigelow, 69
2009
36
John Huston (1906-1987)
1948
37
Sydney Pollack (1934-2008)
1985
38
Joel Coen, 66
2007
39
Steven Soderbergh, 58
2000
40
Elia Kazan (1909-2003)
1947, 1954
41
Jerome Robbins (1918-1998)
1961
42
Barry Levinson, 78
1988
43
Vincente Minnelli (1903-1986)
1958
44
Milos Forman (1932-2018)
1975, 1984
45
Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)
1991
46
Billy Wilder (1906-2002)
1945, 1960
47
Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018)
1987
48
Robert Wise (1914-2005)
1961, 1965

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